Game changer guys! This creamy grain-free cheese sauce is the real deal. It's so versatile and delicious with steak or poured over steamed low-carb vegetables.
It's really easy to make low-carb cheese sauce that is thick and creamy. No thickeners and no flour needed! You will only need heavy whipping cream, butter, shredded cheese, cream cheese, salt and pepper. If the sauce is too thick, just add a dash of water.
How To Make Keto Cheese Sauce
It will take just five minutes to make this low-carb cheese sauce from scratch. You'll start by heating up the cream with butter and then add shredded cheese and cream cheese. Bring to a boil and cook briefly until it thickens. That's it!
I kept my cheese sauce plain but you can use any of your favourite herbs and spices. Here are some of the optional seasonings you can use:
- 1/4 tsp cayenne pepper
- 1/2 tsp garlic powder or 1 minced garlic
- 1/2 tsp onion powder
- 1/2 tsp paprika
- 1/2 - 1 tsp mustard powder
- 2-4 tbsp freshly chopped herbs of choice (basil, parsley, thyme, rosemary, mint or chives)
Which Cheese is Best to Use for Cheese Sauce
To make grain-free cheese sauce, you'll need two types of cheese; soft cheese and hard cheese. For the soft cheese you can use full-fat cream cheese for plain flavor, or use fresh goat's cheese or sheep's cheese for a stronger flavor.
For the hard cheese you can use cheddar, hard goat's cheese, Manchego, Gouda, Emmental, Edam, Swiss cheese such as Gruyere, Parmesan or Pecorino Romano.
Strong tasting types of cheese such as Gorgonzola, Roquefort, Brie or Camembert are best combined with plain full-fat cream cheese.
I find that the best way to combine different types cheese is to always use one mild, neutral tasting cheese and one strong tasting cheese. Here are some of my favorite combinations:
- cream cheese + hard goat's cheese
- cream cheese + Swiss cheese
- soft sheep's cheese + Pecorino Romano
- soft goat's cheese + Parmesan
How to Serve Cheese Sauce
This keto cheese sauce can be drizzled over steamed or roasted vegetables such as broccoli, cauliflower or zucchini. I used this cheese sauce to make Low-Carb Cauliflower Cheese, a keto alternative to traditional Mac and Cheese, and Low-Carb Broccoli Cheese Gratin which can be served as a side or vegetarian keto lunch or dinner.
And it's not just vegetable dishes. This gluten-free cheese sauce is perfect to serve with steak, pork chops, lamb chops, roast chicken and baked salmon.
Serving size about 1/4 cup/ 60 ml
Allergy information for The Best Keto Cheese Sauce
✔ Gluten free
✔ Egg free
✔ Nut free
✔ Nightshade free
✔ Pork free
✔ Avocado free
✔ Coconut free
✔ Fish free
✔ Shellfish free
✔ Beef free
Nutritional values (per serving, about 1/4 cup/ 60 ml)
Net carbs1.3 grams
Calories from carbs 3%, protein 9%, fat 88%
Total carbs1.4 gramsFiber0 gramsSugars0.9 gramsSaturated fat12.7 gramsSodium149 mg(6% RDA)Magnesium6 mg(2% RDA)Potassium41 mg(2% EMR)
Ingredients (makes about 1 cup, 4 servings)
- 1/4 cup heavy whipping cream (60 ml/ 2 fl oz)
- 2 tbsp unsalted butter (28 g/ 1 oz)
- 1/4 cup cream cheese or soft goat cheese (60 g/ 2.1 oz)
- 1/2 cup grated cheddar or hard cheese of choice (60 g/ 2.1 oz)
- pinch of sea salt, if needed
- 2 tbsp water or more cream if you need to thin it down
- Optional: spices & herbs of choice
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